My kids and I went to see Jack the Giant Slayer (3D) this weekend. I’m not going to lie. I’m going to be blunt and tell you straight up – the movie was rubbish. Read on, but beware, there is now a spoiler alert in effect….
The storyline was a gossamer thin, predictable, and underdeveloped “teenage” version of the original fairytale. Jack is now 18 and he climbs the beanstalk to rescue Princess Isabelle – who is nothing short of a one-dimensional damsel in desperate need of being rescued – by a man.
It’s 2013, but you’d never know it – the movie industry is still churning out this sexist rubbish disguised as entertainment. At the end of the film, about 20 minutes after everyone in the cinema’s audience (even my 8 year old) had guessed just how the battle against the giants was going to be won, there was a chance for the film to redeem itself. It chose not to. Instead, Jack came out and raised the crown upon his head, causing all the giants to bow down to him as their king. Not a whole lot of slaying (by Jack) involved in that victory.
As he did so, Princess Isabelle stood by his side – like a good (future) wife should – while he took all the glory. Why couldn’t Isabelle have worn the crown, and been Queen of the Giants??? I totally get that the film’s not called Isabelle the Giant Slayer, but as the film clearly shows, the giant was lying dead with the crown on his finger – ripe for the picking. Either Jack or Isabelle could have picked it up.
But Jack did, and so he’s the hero. That ending is as pathetic as the movie and sums up the lack of storyline and character development.
If you want your family to see an adventure film about a princess who is strong and independent and where she isn’t a pathetic stereotype, then watch Disney Pixar’s Brave. It is everything this film isn’t – great characters, adventure, great story, happy ending, and features a strong female lead who is not dependent on a man!!!!!!!!!